Last-minute cruise deals are a way to save. If a cruise doesn't sell out, the cruise line may slash prices to fill the remaining staterooms.
Are you flexible in your vacation plans? Ready to take off on short notice? Then you might be a good candidate for trying to get a last-minute deal.
The disadvantage of trying for one of these bargains is that the cruise you want could fill and not be discounted at all. If you wait, you also don't have the full selection of cabins that people who reserve earlier enjoy.
Some cruise lines, like Royal Caribbean, have announced that they are moving away from offer last-minute bargains. They feel that the practice isn't fair to passengers who booked early.